New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

Elegant Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, was indisputably the center of the musical world in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today a dynamic blend of gorgeous imperial architecture and potent post-modern style, its renown as one of Europe’s most beautiful, romantic, and creative cities remains intact. Now travelers can experience the finest of what this brilliant cultural capital has to offer, all while celebrating one of the most festive times of the year, on a brand new rail journey for 2017, New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train. Read More


Russia by River & Rail: A New Way to Why end might the Largest Country on Earth

Russia by River & Rail: A New Way to Why end might the Largest Country on Earth

Russia is the largest country on earth, and quite simply larger than life. On the new Grand Tour of Russia: Across Russia by River & Rail, passengers will be transported from end to end of the largest country on earth along the waterways and railways that helped shape its history, gliding from St. Petersburg, Russia's sophisticated capital of culture, all the way to the Pacific Rim city of Vladivostok. Across the miles, admire seven UNESCO World Heritage masterpieces. Read More


Book Your 2017 Trip by New Year’s Eve & Save

Book Your 2017 Trip by New Year’s Eve & Save

2016 is coming to a close, and while many people are getting ready hunker down for the holidays, we think there’s no better time to start looking forward to all the places you want to check off your bucket list next year. Whether you want to fulfill your own personal travel dreams or give an unforgettable gift to someone you care for, now is a great opportunity to set your 2017 travel plans in motion. For a limited time, MIR has a variety of special offers available on select small group tours and rail journeys by private train – but many of them expire on December 29, 2016. Act now before the trips fill up or the offers expire! Read More


Hellenic Treasures: Visit 6 Countries and 4 UNESCO Sites on a Luxury Train

Hellenic Treasures: Visit 6 Countries and 4 UNESCO Sites on a Luxury Train

The ancient Greeks had big ideas, ideas that are still impacting the world today. Western philosophy, art, medicine, the study of history and early attempts at making sense of the universe were all initiated in ancient Greece. Spreading out from Athens and Sparta, the Greek civilization ultimately colonized the area between Central Asia and the western Mediterranean. Now travelers can trace the path of the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed alongside the Greeks throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Hellenic Treasures by Private Train, rolling through six countries: Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Read More


Ready to Travel? Take a Look at MIR’s 2017 Tour Catalog!

Ready to Travel? Take a Look at MIR’s 2017 Tour Catalog!

Our new tour catalog is fresh off the presses! Discover why we love our chosen corner of the world and join us on an unforgettable journey in 2017. While paging through our 2017 catalog, be on the lookout for these six new tour offerings and special departures, in addition to our regular line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train. Read More


4 New Ways to Ride the Rails with MIR in 2017

4 New Ways to Ride the Rails with MIR in 2017

In an age when travel is often about finding the quickest way from point A to point B, rail journeys by private train provide a refreshing escape from the familiar. Effortless and efficient, yet brimming with Old World charm, these journeys allow you to roll across thousands of miles through fascinating destinations along the rails while still enjoying access to modern comforts and amenities.Our impressive roster of rail journeys can take you through many of MIR’s core destinations, from along the Trans-Siberian Railway to across the Silk Route and through the South Caucasus. And for 2017, we’re offering more ways to ride the rails than ever before with the addition of 4 new rail journeys by private train.From the complex Balkan chessboard to the wild Russian Arctic, the exotic cultural landscapes of Tibet and Western China and the sophisticated cities of Central and Eastern Europe, our new rail journeys can take youaaaRead More


Sneak Peek: 2017 Small Group Tours & Rail Journeys By Private Train

Sneak Peek: 2017 Small Group Tours & Rail Journeys By Private Train

Summertime always gets us excited to be out on the open road, whether we’re staying close to home or flying off to far-flung destinations. Every adventure brings us closer to understanding more about the world around us, and leaves us inspired with countless ideas for where to go and what to see next. You don’t have to wait to start preparing for next year’s great getaways, because MIR is here to help you narrow down your travel choices and plan ahead with an exclusive sneak peek at our 2017 tour season. We've just released 2017 dates and details for all of MIR's small group tours and rail journeys by private train, allowing early birds to take first pick of our most popular tours, enjoy special savings offers and get a jumpstart on their travel plans for next year – before MIR’s 2017 catalog becomes available this fall. Joining our regular line-up for next year are SIX new tours and special departures hosted by notable leaders in the field. Check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates for the 2017 season and help you narrow down your choices. Or, take a peek at our new 2017 Advance Date Preview brochure. This brochure will be dropping in households in the coming weeks, but you can flip through a PDF copy of the brochure now. Read More


Ready to Roll:  Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

Ready to Roll: Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

A rail journey by private train is an experience to remember for the rest of your life. Combining the romance of Old World travel with modern amenities, these journeys allow you to experience endlessly fascinating and surprisingly diverse destinations in hassle-free comfort. To help you prepare for your next adventure, we’re pleased to announce our 2017 line-up of rail journeys by private train, making it even easier to take advantage of special savings offers, pick the routes, departure dates and cabins you want (before they sell out), and make the entire experience from beginning to end as smooth as possible. We have a full menu of rail journeys by private train to choose from: along the Trans-Siberian Railway, up to the Russian Arctic, across Iran and Central Asia, and through the South Caucasus, Southern Europe and the Balkans. Rounding out our roster of rail journeys are two new offerings by private train for 2017: Land of the Midnight Sun and Ottoman Treasures. Whether you choose to travel aboard the comfortable, budget-friendly Tsar's Gold, the luxurious Golden Eagle, or any of our other fine trains, a dedicated MIR travel specialist will be with you every step of the way, providing access to our in-house air expert, assistance with visas or a handcrafted private extension and answers to any questions you may have about the trains and destinations. Take a peek at MIR's 2017 rail journeys by private train — you've got plenty of time to prepare in advance so you can thoroughly savor your journey on the rails. Read More


New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

One of the world’s grandest empires, the Ottoman Empire conquered a vast stretch of land from Northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, and from the South Caucasus to the fringes of Central Europe, with Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) as its central bridge between East and West. Uniting diverse continents, civilizations and cultures, the Ottomans left a permanent mark on the social, political, economic and artistic development of the nations it once ruled. Now travelers can trace the path of this influential empire, and the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Ottoman Treasures by Private Train, rolling through Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Read More


Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

Russia and the lands north of the Arctic Circle are a remarkable study in contrasts. Winters this far north bring long nights, yet offer plenty of festive cheer as locals ski, skate and sled across the frosty landscape, cozying up by the fireside at night. Summertime answers with 24 hours of luminous daylight, luring exuberant throngs of people outdoors to meet with friends or revel in al fresco festivals and concerts. Regardless of when you visit, the changes in seasons allow travelers to see these lands at their most beautiful, whether under a blanket of fresh snowfall, or in full bloom during the few brief weeks of “White Nights.” They’re also among the few places where you can witness two of the earth’s most photogenic phenomena: the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer. Read More